What we're about

This hiking group is for people who like to undertake challenging hikes and climbs in and around the Coachella Valley, as well as all of Southern California and the Sierras. We hike Mt. San Jacinto, San Gorgonio, Baldy and Mt. Shasta, just to name a few. Our hikes range from approximately 10-20 miles and may gain at least 2000 feet to over 10,000 feet of elevation. Our hikes are moderate to very strenuous. Some of our hikes include Skyline, Cactus to Clouds, Vivian Creek, South Fork and routes on Baldy. We also do a good bit of mountaineering and go to the summits of San Jacinto, San Gorgonio, Mt. Baldy and Mt. Shasta in the snow or ice using crampons, ice axes and full on winter gear. In addition, there are many desert hikes that we do in the winter, such as Jo Pond and the Guadalupe to Sugarloaf, as well as Painted Canyon in Mecca and many trails in Joshua Tree National Park. Our hikes typically last at least 6-15 hours and require preparation and care. Join this group if you love the outdoors, adventure, challenging hikes or climbs, intense workouts in nature, unpredictable weather and wonderful camaraderie with other like-minded outdoor enthusiasts. We also welcome hike organizers, so if you are interested in leading your favorite hikes, we would love to have you join our leadership team.

Upcoming events (5+)

Iron to Baldy Traverse!

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Distance: 16 miles +- Elevation Gain: 10,000' +- We will meet at 5:45 AM on Bridge to Nowhere Trail Head Parking and start the hike at 6:00 AM sharp. This is a shuttle hike and one or more volunteer drivers will be needed to meet two others at Manker Flats by 5:15 AM for the shuttle. This is likely a little tougher hike than C2C. The San Antonio Ridge will be a class 3 and I would consider a very small portion of it to be class 4. If scrambling and exposure is not your thing, this hike is not for you. We need to hike to Iron about in 4 hours. We will be aiming to finish the hike by 6:00 PM but bring a headlight. I will provide detailed info closer to the event day. I will add people from the wait-list. MY WAIVER: Any outdoor activity can be challenging, fun, or a painful experience, often depending whom you are with, even deadly and more painful depending on you, your abilities, circumstances, lack of judgment and sometimes just bad luck. Accidents happen. Any outdoor activity involves risk of injury or even death. Please do not sign up; if you are not comfortable with what you are doing, unwilling to take that risk, or if you think you don’t have the needed skills for the event. You are not participating to an event organized by trained outdoors people or medical professionals. No one is trained or paid to watch after your safety. You will be agreeing to take responsibility for yourself, your actions and not to hold organizer/assistant organizer(s)/group leader, participants, cooks, carpoolers or anyone liable but yourself by signing and/or showing up for this event. Please remember that if you are not capable to do this event or you don’t know your limits and still sign up, you may not only put yourself in danger but also all the other participants who are going with you. You further agree to pay for any medical or legal cost involved in case of an injury to yourself and request your heirs to respect your agreed waiver in case of an injury or even death due to any reason, by signing up for this event. Please also note that I may exclude or include anyone at my own discretion.

*MEMORIAL DAY SIERRA BACKPACKING TRIP*

Bishop Pass Trailhead

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND! DUSY BASIN & CHOCOLATE LAKES LOOP! Three days and two nights of backpacking. 25 MILES W/7K GAIN/LOSS. EXPERIENCED BACKPACKERS ONLY PLEASE! THIS EVENT WILL REQUIRE MICRO-SPIKES (OR CRAMPONS), TREKKING POLES AND WATER SHOES for snow, ice and water crossings. BE PREPARED! MEET @ BISHOP PASS SOUTH LAKE TRAILHEAD (9800') departing at 10am. 8MI 2200' GAIN to Dusy Basin Third Lake (11100') for the first night. 7AM DEPART DUSY BASIN w/daypacks for LE CONTE CANYON 8MI R/T 3100' GAIN/LOSS. Return to breakdown camp. Depart for RUWAU LAKE 4MI 1000' GAIN/LOSS. Setup camp. Summit CHOCOLATE PEAK for sunset 1MI R/T 600' GAIN/LOSS. 9AM DEPART CAMP for return to vehicles via Chocolate Lakes Loop less than 4MI 1200' LOSS. This is a beautiful adventure just outside of Bishop with spectacular views of the High Sierra and travelling past many alpine lakes such as Long Lake, Saddlerock and Bishop as we travel to the Pass. We will then descend into Dusy Basin and set up camp near Third Lake. With this season's snowfall please expect the use of micro-spikes (or crampons) and be prepared for possible water crossings. ***14 BACKPACKERS ONLY*** Please answer the questions when you sign-up onto the waitlist. You must have a completed profile with backpacking history. THE PERMIT COST IS $7 EACH PERSON. PAYABLE WITHIN 48 HOURS OF THE TIME YOU ARE PUT ON THE EVENT AS "GOING". PAYPAL Or ZELLE ONLY to [masked]. ***NO REFUNDS*** Thank you! I RESERVE THE RIGHT TO ACCEPT OR DENY YOUR RSVP for the safety of the group. CHRONIC NON-ATTENDERS, CHRONIC DOUBLE-BOOKERS and NO SHOWS DO NOT SIGN UP. ***NO PLUS 1'S or Guests & NO DOGS*** The TEN ESSENTIALS are ALWAYS REQUIRED! All overnight backpacking gear, INCLUDING BEAR CANISTER, MICRO-SPIKES OR CRAMPONS, TREKKING POLES, WATER SHOES and WATER FILTER. Be prepared for CHANGING WEATHER CONDITIONS. BEAR BOXES ARE LOCATED IN THE PARKING LOT @ BISHOP PASS TH. ALL FOOD OR SCENTED ITEMS MUST BE OUT OF YOUR VEHICLE AND PLACED IN A BEAR BOX. *KNOW YOUR LIMITATIONS* By signing up YES for this hike, you acknowledge and agree that hiking can be dangerous and involve risk. You are responsible for your own safety, well-being and actions. I AM NOT A PROFESSIONAL HIKER OR GUIDE. This is simply an invitation to hike with me and fellow hikers. KNOW YOUR ABILITY BEFORE SIGNING UP. I reserve the right to accept/deny your RSVP for the safety of the group. SEVERE WEATHER/UNSAFE CONDITIONS MAY CANCEL THIS EVENT. "The mountains are calling and I must go" John Muir

One Night on Baldy - Backpacking Trip

Mt Baldy Trailhead

Join me for a sunset, overnight stay, and sunrise on Mt Baldy! I need to do some acclimatizing before heading to Ecuador to climb Cotopaxi, and I thought this would be a great opportunity for me to do something I've wanted to do for a while - catch the sunset AND sunrise atop Mt Baldy. the plan: 1) meet at 1pm Sun at Manker Flats trailhead 2) take Ski Hut Trail up to Baldy summit (estimated hike time 4-5 hours depending on pack weight and fitness level) 3) summit break atop Baldy to enjoy the view and recharge a bit 4) set up camp close to Baldy summit (more sheltered spot) 5) enjoy sunset from Baldy summit (approx. 7:53pm) 6) enjoy Memorial Day sunrise from Baldy summit (approx. 5:42am) 7) break camp and descend via Devil's Backbone. I understand there are some sheltered locations to set up tents just below the summit and will scout that out in advance of the trip (tips welcome too!). You can of course sleep on the summit, but it may be very windy there. Note since this is an overnight trip, you will need backpacking supplies, including but not limited to tent or bivvy, sleep system (e.g., sleeping bag), sufficient clothing for a night of cold temps and wind, first aid supplies, hygiene supplies, food, and sufficient water for hydration and cooking needs. THERE IS NO WATER AVAILABLE! YOU WILL NEED TO CARRY ALL YOU NEED! For a gear checklist, go to https://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/backpacking-checklist.html A permit is needed if anyone is using a camp stove - I'll pick that up for the group. An Adventure Pass is required to park at the trailhead. Event is not full - please answer the event questions to be considered for the trip. 10 hikers max. *You must have a current picture of yourself and a completed profile* *KNOW YOUR LIMITATIONS* By signing up for this event, you acknowledge and agree that hiking can be dangerous and involve risk. You are responsible for you own safety, well-being, actions, gear, and transportation. I AM NOT A PROFESSIONAL GUIDE OR HIKER. This is simply an invitation to hike with me and fellow hikers. Do NOT attempt this event if it is over your ability or comfort level. I reserve the right to allow or deny your reservation due to safety concerns.

Mt. Baldy, 8-12 miles/3900' gain

Manker Flats Parking Area

Please join the waiting list and answer question. Hike to Mt. Baldy 10,064' via Ski Hut trail, down Backbone to Notch for drink/snack then down dirt road or ski chair. Know the trail. No sweep. Difficulty: Strenuous. Moderate to slower paced hike. Distance: 8 miles, ski chair / 12 miles, dirt road Gain: 3900' Time: 5-6 hours Cross posted San Jacinto Hiking Club & Adventurers Unlimited Recommendations for this hike: 2-3 quarts of water and electrolytes, 10 essentials,layered clothing, Micro-spikes. Poles are helpful. Adventure Pass. Summit weather: http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=34.28842455210738&lon=-117.64314651489258&site=lox&smap=1&unit=0&lg=en&FcstType=text#.UroDD0bUo9B Mountain-Forecast: http://www.mountain-forecast.com/peaks/Mount-San-Antonio/forecasts/3068 Cancellations: Thunderstorms and forest fires will cancel this hike. This hike is strenuous due to gain and elevation, and not for beginners. Must have a hiking history on Meetup or share your recent hiking history if asked. Getting There: Heading west on 210 freeway exit at Baseline Rd. Turn left on E. Baseline Rd and then right on Padua Ave. after a couple miles turn right on Mt. Baldy Rd. Follow it all the way up to Manker Flats about 12 miles. It takes about 30 minutes to trailhead from freeway exit. Park on any shoulder of the road in Manker Flats area and display your valid National Forest Adventure Pass. Park at your own risk and cost. Trailhead GPS coordinates:[masked],[masked] Waiver: Any outdoors activity can be challenging, fun, or a painful experience, often depending whom you are with, even deadly and more painful depending on you, your abilities, circumstances, lock of judgment and sometimes just bad luck. Please do not sign up; if you are not comfortable with what you are doing, or if you think you don’t have the needed skills for the event. You will be agreeing to take responsibility for yourself, your actions and not to hold organizer/group leader, participants, carpoolers, park rangers or anyone liable but yourself by signing and/or showing up for this event. Please remember that if you are not capable to do this event or you don’t know your limits and still sign up, you may not only put yourself in danger but all the other participants who are going with you. You further agree to pay for any medical or legal cost involved in case of an injury to yourself, and request your heirs to respect your agreed waiver in case of a death due to any reason, by signing up for this event.

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